attaching the Radio-Popper PX to the Lastolite Ezybox & Impact Quikbox
I’ve had a bit of a struggle attaching the RadioPopper PX receiver cradle securely to my favorite softbox, the Lastolite Ezybox. The problem is that the Lastolite softbox has a unique way of attaching the speedlight to the softbox bracket. The RadioPopper PX receiver sits in a cradle (to which the speedlight is fitted), and at the bottom of the RadioPopper cradle, is a 1/4 inch screw socket.
Even scrounging through my big box of random crap, I couldn’t find a nut & bolt or something similar, to attach the RadioPopper cradle to the Lastolite bracket. And then I stumbled onto something that works juuuuust fine – the Matthews Microgrip hotshoe adapter (B&H)
I don’t use the hot-shoe part for this – but the two discs are just the right width and grippy enough, to help grab the Lastolite Ezybox’s bracket, and give that 1/4″ screw thread for the RadioPopper cradle. And it sits snugly. Perfect solution and quite simple.
This photo, also shown at the top, shows the difference:
On the left, the usual Lastolite bracket, holding the speedlight, or in this case, the PocketWizard TT5 unit and a speedlight.
On the right-hand side, is how the RadioPopper cradle is now attached, using the Matthews Microgrip hotshoe adapter (B&H). Problem solved.
There is of course, there is another workaround to mount the RadioPopper to the Lastolite Ezybox.
This Tilt-Head w/ Spigot (B&H) is a handy addition to any Lastolite softbox because it allows the softbox to be tilted forward (or up). It also has a hole for an umbrella in case you decide a shoot-through or bounce umbrella is a better option.
Since the PocketWizard flash triggers elevate the speedlight too high for the regular bracket (or lollipop) holding the actual softbox, you will need the Lastolite hotshoe mark2 bracket (B&H) to bring the flash and trigger to the correct height for the throat of the softbox.